- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - The Somerset Police Department has purchased a 2.8-pound unmanned aircraft and could become the first police department in the state to use a drone.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1JLVhFZ ) reports the agency received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration in October.

Capt. Shannon Smith is the department’s only pilot. Smith recently returned from the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s Unmanned Aerial Systems training course in Houston, part of the FAA requirements for public agencies to use drones.

The drone costs roughly $1,800, and Smith said he’s training other police officers to operate it.

The department will use the drone for search and rescue, fires and other emergencies.

It could be used to gather evidence in criminal cases. Smith said the department must obtain a search warrant before such use.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com


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